This academy will provide an introduction into the cognitive neuroscience of embodiment. Participants will learn about the representation of the body in the brain, what happens after the loss of some parts of the body, in what ways the body relates to the self, and what we may learn from “out-of-body” experiences and other illusions of corporeal awareness.
Bodies move in space, and we will also deal with some basic interactions between ourselves and the space around us. Special emphasis will be given to the representation of “left” and “right” and the many facets of its disorders. This will finally lead us to some higher cognitive correlates of lateral asymmetries of body and space. How is thinking related to spatial processing? In what ways is space exploration associated with delusional and creative thought, and in what ways with “paranormal” belief? The team of a biologist, neurologist and philosopher will guide participants on a tour through bodily to extra-corporeal and finally to rather abstract spaces.
PD. Dr. phil. Peter Brugger, University Hospital Zurich
Prof. Dr. med. Olaf Blanke, EPFL Lausanne & Univerity Hospital Geneva
Prof. Dr. phil. Thomas Metzinger, Philosophisches Seminar der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
The target group will comprise students of all disciplines. We expect that each participant will contribute a brief talk, in which (parts of) a paper will be introduced.
Sprachen: Englisch und Deutsch
* Knoblich G, Thornton IM, Grosjean M, Shiffrar M (eds.): Human body perception from the inside out. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
* Metzinger T (2004). Précis of „Being No One“. In PSYCHE – An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Consciousness, 11 (5), 1-35.
* Arzy S, Thut G, Mohr C, Michel CM, Blanke O (2006) Neural basis of embodiment: contributions of temporoparietal junction and extrastriate body area Journal of Neuroscience, 26 (3), 8074-8081. http://psyche.cs.monash.edu.au/symposia/metzinger/precis.pdf
* Brugger P (2001) From haunted brain to haunted science: a cognitive neuroscience view of paranormal and pseudoscientific thought. In J.Houran & R. Lange (Eds.): Hauntings and Poltergeists: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Jefferson (NC): McFarland. (pp. 195-213).
Ort: Centro Evangelico, Magliaso (TI)